White Pimple - Causes, Treatments & Best Home Remedies

Posted 5 months ago by Tharaa Nagendran in

No matter you have a fair or a dark skin type, pimples has always been a great niggling factor to almost all of the women living in this world. The varieties of acne infections are wide enough ranging from the minor pimples to the major acne infections. And the factors for such acne infections are equally large by both externally and internally. A clean and clear glowing skin has always been a dream when the list of agents that troubles our skin is huge enough. Starting from pimples, blackheads, whiteheads to all the other kinds of acne infections, our skin becomes too dusky and unhealthy every time. Among these, the most common and the mildest form of infections could be the white pimples. Sometimes you might sleep with clear skin and wake up with a small white bump on your face by morning. This starts to occur in most of the individuals as soon as they reach their teen or puberty. The increased rate of suffering has lead to an increase in the search for a wide range of remedies to cure them. Out of all the remedies, the home remedies tops up the priority list of many of the individuals due to its highly advantageous features. And so, we are here to help you by giving a few of the home remedies that could be tried for curing such white pimples on your skin. 

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What Are White Pimples?

White pimples are the small white bumps that appear on our facial skin. These white pimples are often termed as milia that get developed on various regions of our skin such as the chin, nose, cheeks and other regions. These are the mildest forms of acne that look round in shape as bumps. These white pimples also cause due to the clogged pores like the other forms of pimples. These pimples will get clogged with any of the agents like dead skin cells, sebum, debris and the other impurities. When these clogged pores get covered by a thin skin layer, then it appears as white pimples or bumps on our face. These white pimples mostly get developed when the white flakes on our skin get trapped under the top layer of our skin. So, this will cause mild pain in that skin region where you have got your white pimples. Though it is painful, these white pimples are not harmful and can be cured easily. These white pimples will only take a few days to get cured of your skin if you take proper care on them. 

Causes Of White Pimples

The causing factors for such white pimples on your skin can vary from many of the external and internal factors. Some of the main external and internal factors are given below. 

#1. Stress

Many of the researchers and the scientists have stated that there is a strong bond between the stress levels in our body and the cause of such breakouts on our skin. There are certain cells that induce the sebum production in our body. Such cells will contain the stress hormone receptors in them. So, when we get stressed the sebum production in our body gets unregulated and thus resulting in the excess formation of sebum. So, this excess secretion of sebum will lead to the formation of acne breakouts on our skin region. A person with high stress will surely be affected by acne breakouts like white pimples on their skin. 

#2. Pollution

The other most important external factors for causing such white pimples on our skin is pollution. Our entire environment is contaminated with a lot of pollutants and impurities. All these pollutants will obviously contain all those harmful agents that could easily cause infections on our skin region. So when you go out, these pollutants will get stuck on your skin and these harmful agents might get trapped inside your skin layer. When those particles stay on your skin for a long duration, then there are high chances for the occurrence of the clogged pores on your skin. This will lead to the formation of white pimples on your skin that contains white pus inside them. 

#3. Puberty

Puberty must be the one among the most important stages in a woman's life before the pregnancy.  So, during this time there will be hormonal changes happening in her body. When a woman reaches puberty, the GnRH hormone will get released from your body. This hormone will make the pituitary glands in your body to release androgens which are the two other extra hormones. These extra hormones will make your sebaceous glands to secrete more oil in your body. So, the excess sebum content will get filled up in your skin pores and thus leading to the formation of white pimples on your skin region. 

#4. Hormonal Changes

There are many stages in a woman's life where there are more chances for the hormonal changes to happen in our body. Some of the stages like puberty, pregnancy will lead to the occurrence of fluctuations in your hormone levels. Also during every menstrual cycle, your hormones will get released and there are many chances for the cane breakouts to happen in your skin. And when these pimples appear as white bumps then they are termed as white pimples on your skin. 

#5. Personal Hygiene

Our personal hygiene plays a vital role in the formation of such white pimples on our skin region. When we do not maintain proper personal hygiene then there are many chances for you to get affected by those white pimples on your skin. Not washing your face and hands regularly can be the major reason for getting such acne breakouts and white pimples on your skin. Even some of the personal habits like smoking, consuming alcohol and other drugs could be a factor to cause the acne breakouts on our skin. 

#6. Diet

Food and diet plans that you follow regularly can be a great factor for inducing such breakouts and white pimples on your skin. When you consume more oily food items and the foods that can induce the sebum production, then there are high chances for the acne breakouts to happen on your skin. Consuming such foods often can show a great effect on your skin's appearance, texture and quality. 

#6. Heredity

Those women whose parents have a history of acne breakouts affecting their skin will obviously have many chances for getting affected by the acne breakouts. It is stated that there is a very strong bond between acne infections and the genes in our body. Even these acne infections can travel for many generations through genes. Genes could play a major role in determining the sensitivity, quality, inflammatory responses and other such factors on your skin. 

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of White Pimples

When it comes to white pimples or any other types of acne breakouts, then homemade remedies are the best one to look for. These remedies will make your skin to get rid of those white pimples very easily without causing any harm to your skin. Following are some of the simple home remedies that would actually help you to heal those white pimples on your skin. 

  1. Aloe Vera Gel
  2. Baking Soda
  3. Turmeric Powder
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. Tomatoes
  6. Fresh Lime Juice
  7. Milk
  8. Oatmeal Scrub
  9. Gram Flour
  10. Facial Steaming
  11. Potato
  12. Garlic
  13. Strawberry
  14. Yogurt
  15. Egg White
  16. Tea Tree Oil
  17. Raw Honey
  18. Coconut Oil
  19. Bentonite Clay
  20. Green Tea


#1. Aloe Vera Gel

Things Required:

Fresh Aloe vera gel1 tbsp
Raw honey1 tbsp

Directions For Use:

  1. Firstly you have to extract the fresh gel from the aloe vera[1] leaf. 
  2. Take a small bowl and add all the given ingredients into it.
  3. Now mix the ingredients well until it turns to a fine paste.
  4. Then start to apply the aloe vera gel mixture on your white pimples.
  5. Allow it to get dry for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Rinse your face with warm or cold water.

Aloe vera gel can be highly effective in reducing the size of your white pimples. Also, it helps in soothing your skin region by making it get to calm down and get rid of the white pimples from your skin.


#2. Baking Soda

Things Required:

Baking soda1 tbsp
Water1/2 tbsp

Directions For Use:

  1. Add the baking soda[2] powder and water into a small bowl.
  2. Then mix both until the baking soda gets completely dissolved in the water.
  3. Apply the baking soda paste on those white pimples on your face.
  4. let it dry for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Then wash your face with warm or cold water.

Baking soda will be very helpful in preventing the acne breakouts in your skin. It also reduces the inflammations and swelling caused due to the white pimples in your skin. They are also effective in reducing the pain in your skin. 


#3. Turmeric Powder

Things Required:

Turmeric powder2 tbsp
Rosewater1 tbsp

Directions For Use:

  1. Mix the turmeric[3] powder and rosewater together in a small bowl.
  2. Now you will be getting a turmeric paste at the end.
  3. Start to apply the turmeric paste on those areas where you have white pimples.
  4. Then allow it to get dry for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. After that, you can wash your face with warm or cold water. 

Turmeric powder has a lot of antiseptic properties packed with it. So, these properties will help in treating those white pimples on your skin very soon. It will not allow those pimples to leave any marks on your skin. 


#4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Things Required:

Apple cider vinegar2 tbsp
Purified water1 cup
Cotton ball1

Directions For Use:

  1. Take one cup of purified water and add about 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar[4] solution.
  2. Stir the solution well until they get mixed well.
  3. Now take a cotton pad and dip it inside the diluted apple cider vinegar solution.
  4. Using the cotton pad, apply the solution on your white pimples.
  5. Let the solution get dry for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. You can wash your face with warm or cold water. 

Apple cider vinegar can be very effective in treating all types of pimples or any other acne infections on your skin. You can also use apple cider vinegar toner on your face for preventing such infections on your skin. 


#5. Tomatoes

Things Required:

Ripe tomato1

Directions For Use:

  1. Take a ripe tomato[5] and cut them into a few slices.
  2. Remove all the seeds from that are present inside the tomato.
  3. Then take the slice and start rubbing it gently on the areas where you have white pimples.
  4. Make sure that the pulp region gets applied well on your white pimples.
  5. Leave it to be there on your face for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Then you can wash your face with warm or cold water.

Tomatoes are comprised of many of the antioxidant properties within them. So, these properties will be very effective in reducing pimple or acne infections in your skin. Also, it is capable of stopping the skin damage at the cellular level itself. 


#6. Fresh Lime Juice

Things Required:

Fresh lemon1
Cotton Pad1

Directions For Use:

  1. Firstly, you have to take a fresh lemon[6] and cut them into two equal halves.
  2. Then squeeze the lemon to extract the fresh lime juice separately in a small bowl.
  3. Now take a cotton pad and dip it inside the extracted lime juice.
  4. Then start applying the lime juice on your white pimples.
  5. Let the applied lime extract stay on your face for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. At last, you can wash your face with warm or cold water.

Fresh lime juice is known to be an excellent exfoliating agent for your skin. All those dead skin cells present in your skin that causes acne infections can be removed easily by using this. Also, it protects your skin from further damages on your skin. 


#7. Milk

Things Required:

Milk2 tbsp
Salt1 tbsp

Directions For Use:

  1. Take a small bowl and add 2 tbsp of milk[7] and 1 tbsp of salt to it.
  2. Mix both the ingredients well until they turn to a fine paste.
  3. Then apply the milk salt paste on the white pimples on your face.
  4. Allow it to stay o your skin for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Then wash the area with warm or cold water.

Milk is popularly known to be an excellent cleanser for your face. They help in removing all the impurities and the other infectious agents from your skin. So, your skin will be less prone to infections when you use them as your daily cleanser. 


#8. Oatmeal Scrub

Things Required:

Oatmeal2 tbsp
Honey2 tbsp
Purified waterAs per the requirement

Directions For Use:

  1. Add the oatmeal into a mixer or a grinder.
  2. You can also add milk and honey to the oatmeal mixture.
  3. Grind the oatmeal until it forms a fine paste.
  4. Then apply the oatmeal scrub[8] on your face and on the white pimples.
  5. You can also massage the area in circular motions for 5 minutes.
  6. Then leave it to get dry for about 10 to 15 minutes. 
  7. Now wash the area with warm or cold water.

Oatmeal scrub has the ability to absorb all the excess oil that is present inside your acne or a pimple. When these excess oil gets absorbed, then the pimple will get dried and fall off naturally from your skin. Honey will prevent your skin from leaving any marks on it. 


#9. Gram Flour

Things Required:

Gram flour1 tbsp
Unrefined milk1 tbsp

Directions For Use:

  1.  Mix the gram flour[9] and unrefined milk in a small bowl.
  2. A fine paste will be obtained after mixing them.
  3. Then apply the gram flour paste on the white pimples on your face. 
  4. Let it dry for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Then rinse the area with cold or warm water.

Gram flour which is also known as besan powder can be the best ingredient to be added in your daily face packs. They have the ability to fight against those infectious agents that would cause infections on your skin. Also, it prevents your skin from getting erupted due to acne infections. 


#10. Facial Steaming

Things Required:

Hot boiled water1 bowl
Essential oil (any of your choice)2 to 3 drops
Towel1

Directions For Use:

  1. Take a bowl filled with hot boiled water.
  2. Add a few drops of any essential oil based on your choice. You can use lemon essential oil, jojoba oil[10] or tea tree oil as they help in reducing the acne infections on your face.
  3. Now you have to bend your neck facing the steam coming from the hot water kept in the bowl.
  4. Then place the towel on your head such that your face and the bowl is entirely covered and placed within the steam.
  5. Be in the same position holding your face and the pimple region towards the steam.
  6. Steam your face for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Then remove the towel and move your face from the bowl.
  8. Now you can pop the pus present inside the white pimples using a clean towel or an acne remover. 

Facial steaming is often preferred to treat most of the skin infections. When you steam your facial skin, all the impurities present inside your skin pores will come out. Thus, your skin tends to become very clean with unclogged pores. 


#11. Potato

Things Required:

Potato1
Cotton Pad1
Purified waterAs per the requirement

Directions For Use:

  1. Take a small potato[11] and cut them into small cubes.
  2. Then start to mash those potato slices or you can also grind them using a mixer or a grinder.
  3. Add a small amount of water if you find the consistency to be too strong.
  4. Then use a strainer to filter the potato juice separately leaving the residues behind. 
  5. Soak a cotton pad completely inside the potato juice.
  6. Then apply the potato juice on the white pimples using the cotton pad.
  7. Allow it to stay on your face for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Now you can wash the area with warm or cold water.

Potatoes contain a lot of nutritional qualities like vitamins and minerals. So, they help your skin to retain back its original texture and quality after the infection. They also help in nourishing your skin with appropriate levels of nutrients required for their growth.  


#12. Garlic

Things Required:

Garlic Cloves2 to 3
Purified water1 tbsp
Cotton Pad1

Directions For Use:

  1. Place a small bowl and add 2 to 3 garlic[12] cloves into it.
  2. Now start to mash the garlic cloves until the garlic extract comes out.  
  3. Then add a small amount of purified water into it.
  4. Mix both the mashed garlic cloves and purified water together. 
  5. Then start to apply the obtained garlic mixture on your white pimples.
  6. Let the garlic extract stay on your face for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Then rinse your face with warm or cold water.

Garlic has a cluster of antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties comprised in it. And it consists of a special agent called allicin which will be capable of killing all those infectious agents in your skin. Also, they help in increasing the blood circulation in your skin. 


#13. Strawberry

Things Required:

Ripe strawberries2 to 3
Raw honey1 tbsp

Directions For Use:

  1. Take about 2 to 3 ripe strawberries[13] and grind them using a mixer or a grinder.
  2. Then add about 1 tbsp of raw honey with the ground strawberry mixture.
  3. Mix both the ingredients very well and start applying it on your white pimples. 
  4. Allow them to get dry for some time.
  5. After 15 to 20 minutes, you can wash your face with warm or cold water.

Strawberries are enriched with a lot of salicylic acid content in them. This acid can make your skin to be free from any of the infectious agents and the other skin infections. Also, it helps in maintaining your skin very clean and fresh all the time. 


#14. Yogurt

Things Required:

Yogurt (unflavoured)1 cup
Oatmeal 1 tbsp

Directions For Use:

  1. Place a small bowl and add the oatmeal into it.
  2. Then you can add 1 cup of yogurt into the oatmeal mixture.
  3. Mix both the ingredients to make a smooth paste.
  4. Then start to apply the yogurt and oatmeal paste on those white pimples on your face.
  5. Leave the paste to be there on your face for a few minutes.
  6. You can start to wash your face after 15 to 20 minutes with warm or cold water.

Yogurt[14] is enriched with a lot of anti-inflammatory properties in it. These properties will help in restoring the original qualities of your skin by curing acne infections. Applying yogurt daily on your face can make it appear with an extra glow and shine. 


#15. Egg White

Things Required:

Egg white1
Cotton Pad1

Directions For Use:

  1. Break an egg and take the egg white[15] separately from the yolk in a small bowl.
  2. Then dip a cotton pad inside the separated egg white.
  3. Apply the egg white on your white pimples using the cotton pad.
  4. Then allow the egg white to stay on your face for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Finally, you can wash your face with warm or cold water. 

Egg whites contain a lot of amino acids and nutritional qualities in them. So, these amino acids will help in treating those acne infections on your skin. Also, it helps in rebuilding your skin with healthy skin cells. Also, it helps in moisturizing your skin to prevent the dryness. 


#16. Tea Tree Oil

Things Required:

Tea tree oil2 to 3 drops
Purified water1 cup
Cotton Pad1

Directions For Use:

  1. Place a small bowl and add 1 cup of purified water into it. 
  2. Then add 2 to 3 drops of tea tree essential oil into the water kept in the bowl.
  3. Stir the solution until the tea tree essential oil gets dissolved well in the water. 
  4. Then take a cotton pad and dip it inside the tea tree oil solution.
  5. Apply the tea tree oil solution on the white pimples using the cotton pad.
  6. You can also apply this and leave it to stay on your face for overnight. 
  7. Then rinse your face with warm or cold water after you wake up in the morning. 

Tea tree oil is the best-known remedy for treating many kinds of skin infections starting from the small acne infections to serious allergic infections. Apart from curing the infections, they also help in preventing those acne infections from leaving any marks on your skin. 


#17. Raw Honey

Things Required:

Raw honey1 tbsp
Cotton Pad1

Directions For Use:

  1. Take about 1 tbsp of raw honey and put them in a small bowl.
  2. Dip a cotton pad inside the raw honey.
  3. Apply the honey directly on your white pimples using the cotton pad.
  4. Leave the applied honey to stay on your face for a few minutes. Or you can leave them overnight.
  5. Then wash your face after you wake up in the morning using cold or warm water. 

Raw honey is known to be an excellent moisturizing agent for your skin. They lock the moisture content within your skin cells and thus prevent it from any dryness issues. Also, it is a well-known ingredient for curing the white pimple infections on your skin. 


#18. Coconut Oil

Things Required:

Coconut Oil2 tbsp
Essential Oil (Any of your choice)2 to 3 drops
Cotton Pad1

Directions For Use:

  1. Add about 2 tbsp of coconut oil into the bowl.
  2. Then add 2 to 3 drops of any essential oil of your choice. You can add essential oils like jojoba oil, clove oil, lemon essential oil as it would help in curing the white pimples on your face.
  3. Then mix both the oils well and dip a cotton pad inside them.
  4. After that, apply the oil mixture on your white pimples.
  5. Then allow it to get dry on your for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. You can also leave them to be on your face for overnight.
  7. The applied oil will be absorbed by your skin after a few hours. You need not wash your face after applying this. 

Coconut oil is popularly known to be one of the best natural ingredients to treat many types of skin disorders. You can start using coconut oil as a natural moisturizer for your skin. They also act as a natural barrier in protecting your skin from varied infections.


#19. Bentonite Clay

Things Required:

Bentonite clay powder1tbsp
Raw honey1 tbsp
purified waterAs per the requirement

Directions For Use:

  1. Take a small bowl and add about 1 tbsp of bentonite clay powder to it.
  2. Then add about 1 tbsp of raw honey and purified water to it.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together until it turns to a fine paste.
  4. Now apply the bentonite clay paste on your face where you have white pimples.
  5. Allow the paste to get dry for some time.
  6. After 20 to 30 minutes, you can wash your face with warm or cold water.

Bentonite clay is capable of absorbing the excess oil content that is present in your skin. So, the excess oil that causes such acne infections and pimples will automatically be removed from your skin. Also, it contains a cluster of minerals comprised in it. These minerals will help in nourishing your skin for proper growth. Also, it is the best ingredient to be included in your face pack when you have an oily skin type. 


#20. Green Tea

Things Required:

Green tea bag (used)1
Raw honey1 tbsp

Directions For Use:

  1. For this, you have to take a green tea bag which has already been used.
  2. Now place the used tea bag in the refrigerator to get cool down.
  3. Take the green tea bag out from the refrigerator after 5 hours.
  4. Then cut the tea bag and take the tea leaves extract out from the bag.
  5. Mix a tablespoon of honey with the tea extract and apply it on the pimples.
  6. Leave it to stay on your face for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Finally, you can rinse your face with warm or cold water once it gets dried. 

Green tea is packed with a lot of antioxidant properties in them. So, these antioxidants will make your skin to get rid of all such infections. Also, using green tea remedy regularly on your face will help in increasing the glow of your skin. So, your skin tends to look younger than before.


This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 05/06/2019 

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